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The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Family | 8 October 1947 (USA)
Chester Wooley (Lou Costello) and Duke Egan (Bud Abbott) are traveling salesmen who make a stopover in Wagon Gap, Montana en route to California. During the stopover, notorious criminal ... See full summary »


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Robert Lees (screenplay), Frederic I. Rinaldo (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Abbott ... Duke Egan
Lou Costello ... Chester Wooley
Marjorie Main ... Widow Hawkins
Audrey Young ... Juanita Hawkins
George Cleveland ... Judge Benbow
Gordon Jones ... Jake Frame
William Ching ... Jim Simpson
Peter M. Thompson Peter M. Thompson ... Phil (as Pete Thompson)
Bill Clauson Bill Clauson ... Matt Hawkins
Billy O'Leary Billy O'Leary ... Billy Hawkins
Pamela Wells Pamela Wells ... Sarah Hawkins
Jimmy Bates Jimmy Bates ... Jefferson Hawkins
Paul Dunn Paul Dunn ... Lincoln Hawkins
Diane Florentine Diane Florentine ... Sally Hawkins
Rex Lease ... Hank


Chester Wooley (Lou Costello) and Duke Egan (Bud Abbott) are traveling salesmen who make a stopover in Wagon Gap, Montana en route to California. During the stopover, notorious criminal Fred Hawkins is murdered and the two are charged with the crime. They are quickly tried, convicted, and sentenced to die by hanging. The head of the local citizens' committee, Jim Simpson (William Ching), recalls a law whereby the survivor of a gun duel must take responsibility for the deceased's debts and family. The law spares the two from execution, but Chester is now responsible for the widow Hawkins (Marjorie Main) and her seven children. They go to her farm, where she works Chester from dawn to dusk, and at night he must work at the saloon to repay Hawkins' debt to its owner, Jake Frame (Gordon Jones). Her plan is to wear Chester down until he agrees to marry her. Chester quickly learns that no one will harm him, for fear that they will need to support Mrs. Hawkins and her family. Simpson makes ... Written by RP

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Did You Know?


This was the only feature film to be adapted into the Bud Abbott and Lou Costello comic book. See more »


Chester Wooley: That wild-goose chase of yours is going to lay an egg.
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Crazy Credits

MONTANA, in the days when men were men - with two exceptions. See more »


Featured in The World of Abbott and Costello (1965) See more »

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A Funny Feature From A & C.
27 October 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Abbott & Costello play two salesman named Duke Egan & Chester Woolley in the old west who, while visiting the rowdy town of Wagon Gap in Montana become famous after Chester is believed to have shot a notorious outlaw. Unfortunately, this means that Chester inherits his wife widow Hawkins(played by Marjorie Main) and his many children of varying ages. Duke is assigned as his guardian, and at first poor Chester is worked to death, but later realizes that, since no man envies his position, makes him the perfect sheriff, since no one dares oppose him for fear of being the new husband! This will change when it is learned the widow will soon be rich... Clever comedy uses an old obscure law for good comedic effect. Result is a most amusing and appealing film from the team, with Miss Main being their near-equal.

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Release Date:

8 October 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$720,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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